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By: Winton Gray

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McFadden Playing Well

Going into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Darren McFadden only had one 100-yard rushing game (week three versus Pittsburgh) and only had rushed the ball over 20 times once (week six at Atlanta). Against the Chiefs in week eight, McFadden rushed for a season high 114 yards on a season high 29 carries in fantasy football leagues.

The best news about Sunday is that McFadden looked unquestionably healthy finishing with 33 touches on the day. The other good news is that first year head coach Dennis Allen definitely trusts McFadden especially with a lead (the Raiders led almost start to finish Sunday). The big question remains though, is McFadden still a starting quality running back in fantasy football leagues this season?

McFadden looks like he is still adapting to the new zone blocking scheme that Allen brought to town. He isn’t breaking big runs and his yards per carry average is just 3.3 per carry. To make matters worse, McFadden isn’t even cashing in at the goal line, scoring only two touchdowns on the year (and one of those was a 64 yard scamper against the Steelers). The bottom line is that McFadden shouldn’t be needing 30 touches to get just over 100 yards and he needs to start scoring touchdowns if he wants to be considered an elite running back in fantasy football leagues. Things won’t get easier for McFadden next week when the Raiders host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have the sixth ranked rushing defense in the league through eight weeks and they are giving up just 85.1 yards per game on the ground. McFadden needs to prove that he can run the ball as part of the game plan, and not just as a means for running the clock, and then he can be considered a dangerous running back in fantasy football leagues once more.


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